SolidWorks World 2015 - interview with new SolidWorks CEO Gian Paolo Bassi

Published 24 March 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: dassault systemes, nvidia, dassault systèmes, develop3d live, lenovo, solidworks world, gian paolo bassi, sww15, sww

We caught up with new SolidWorks CEO Gian Paolo Bassi after SolidWorks World, and before his appearance at DEVELOP3D LIVE

While at SolidWorks World, we were lucky enough to wrestle new SolidWorks CEO Gian Paolo Bassi away from the crowds for a quick one-to one.

We chatted about his first SWW as CEO, the newly announced SolidWorks Industrial Design software (SW-ID), and his forthcoming appearance at DEVELOP3D LIVE in the UK.

“It’s going to be fun, yeah?!” opened GPB to this last topic. Given the interview that follows, we can guarantee that you’re not going to want to miss him on stage at DEVELOP3D LIVE on 26 March.

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3D printing plays direct role in assembly tools for Volvo

Published 20 March 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacture, stratasys, manufacturing, fortus, volvo, stratasys fortus 900mc, assembly

Volvo Trucks is using 3D printed tools to help make the assembly of vehicle parts, like its engines, faster, cheaper and more flexible

Designing tools for assembling products is a full-time hassle in itself - hence why those with thousands of components to piece together are looking to 3D printing to speed up the process.

Volvo Trucks’ engine assembly plant in Lyon, France (it makes parts for Renault Trucks too, with the Swedes having bought it a while back), is using Stratasys’ Fortus 3D printers to build jigs and fixtures for the assembly line staff, reducing the time it takes from 36 days to two days.

The speed comes as a factor of not having to build these in metal, which also means that it’s cheaper too - especially where customised or small quantities of tools are needed.

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Nvidia delivers statement of intent for GPU rendering

Published 19 March 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: catia, rendering, nx, cad, quadro, revit, ray tracing, iray, maxwell, kepler

Nvidia says automotive manufacturers will be early adopters

Nvidia is getting serious about interactive, physically-based rendering, which it delivers through its GPU-accelerated rendering software Iray.

The big news coming out of Nvidia’s GTC conference today is that Iray will be made available for much wider range of 3D tools.

Rhino, Cinema 4D, Revit, Siemens NX, 3ds Max and Maya will all support Iray or Iray+ (developed by LightWork Design) this year through plug-ins or direct integration.

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UPDATE: Free Autodesk + Onshape software for all #D3DLive attendees - now worth $1,200

Published 19 March 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, cad, develop3d live, d3dlive, develop3dlive, fusion 360, onshape

With only one week till doors open, we’ve had to do this again as Autodesk has upgraded its offer to all attendees:

All attendees can get free Autodesk Fusion 360 ULTIMATE – all $1,200 of it!!! And of course, there’s still the very special priority set-up for Onshape Beta at the show!

Still not signed up? What are you waiting for?
Register to attend for free here

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Siemens Solid Edge trials the Cloud for CAD

Published 18 March 2015

Posted by Martyn Day

Article tagged with: autodesk, siemens plm, siemens, develop3d live, cloud, mainframe2, onshape, frame, siemens solid edge,

A streamed trial of Solid Edge Premium is now available

Solid Edge is experimenting with the cloud by offering a cloud-based streaming 45 day trial version of Solid Edge.

Starting today, on the US Solid Edge trial site and Monday on the equivalent UK Solid Edge site, there will be an alternative 45 day trial option added, which offers the possibility of a ‘streamed’ trial of Solid Edge Premium in addition to the traditional full local download.

The streamed version has access to all the online learning and embedded training and is not feature limited over the download alternative.

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Dell unveils first virtual workstation appliance certified for CAD

Published 18 March 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: nvidia quadro, dell precision, nvidia grid, vdi, virtual desktop infrastructure, virtual workstation

Dell is looking to take the pain out of workstation virtualisation with the new Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse, which it introduced today at Nvidia’s GTC event in San Jose.

It claims firms can get up and running in just five minutes, once powered on, and only limited virtualisation experience is required.

The appliance features all the software and hardware needed to deploy a CAD-focused virtual workstation solution.

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Argos unwittingly sets out to democratise 3D printing via the nation’s housing estates

Published 17 March 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, visualisation, jewellery, argos, configurator, innovate uk, digital forming, trash

Some lovingly created jewellery for the mother of your sixth kid

Argos has blown us away with what it is calling “a collection of inspirational jewellery”, whereby customers can customise and 3D print their nightmarishly twee creations.

The catalogue of consumer dreams is home to renown jewelers Elizabeth Duke, familiar to everyone that owns a sovereign ring with the words ‘Mum’ stamped into it, so where else better to merge high technology with questionable lifestyle choices?

The technology itself is the rather nice configurator from Digital Forming, which allows customers to select accessories from a range of 10 items, and add their own personal touches [“I luv u Shazza” for instance], before producing a questionable render of the product, forming the front end of the retail experience.

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